Data was discovering the human condition by Shakespearian acting, when Picard gets informed a craft entered the Neutral Zone. It's identified as a Romulan scout, which claims to need urgently asylum from a persecutor. The wounded Setol gets it, and warns the Romulans nearly finished building a base on a planet in the Neutral Zone, in order to occupy it and from there strike 15 neighboring Federation zones with a fleet of war birds, which would mean another full war, but still remains rather defensive, at times hostile. Commander Riker and counselor Troi are charged with questioning him further, in case it's a ploy to lure them into the zone as a war pretext. The admiralty refuses the Empire's demand to return the defector, and orders Picard to find out if the threat is real. After technological means came to contradictory conclusions, Setol discloses his real identity, and that's not the last surprising twist... Written by
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Episode begins with Data rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare
's Henry V, while being watched by Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart
. In the play scene the part of Williams (being acted by a holodeck construct) is also played by Patrick Stewart under heavy makeup. It is notable that only Bates, the one other character in the scene, is credited at the end of the episode. See more
Setol asks Data if the replicator can create a Romulan Ale, and Data gives a dissertation on the options available. It is a running gag in this series that Romulan Ale is prohibited in the Federation, so that various characters find loopholes around this ban in humorous ways. It is odd that the overly precise Data fails to mention the ban. See more
[Admiral Jarok has committed suicide
Commander William T. Riker
[handing a data PADD to Picard
A letter to his wife and daughter.
Lt. Commander Data
Sir, he must have known it would be impossible for us to deliver it.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Today, perhaps. But if there are others with the courage of Admiral Jarok, we may hope to see a day of peace when... we can take his letter home.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more